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201 Main St E, Ashland, WI 54806-1725
+1 715-682-6444
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Mon - Sat 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Loved the harp music, great food, good service, lovely atmosphere. I had the butternut squash ravioli and the duck wontons. The teres major my husband had was incredible. What a neat place.

Thank Corinne B
La Crosse, Wisconsin
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34 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2016

The best squash meal I've had. It was the sauce---????poulet...I forgot the name of it! Everyone at my table had to taste it and agreed that it was the best meal any of us had ordered. Then there was the healing harp music!! Beautiful!! Some say that the vibrations in the strings of the harp heal various conditions. Whatever...between the... More 

Thank Carol K
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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26 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 6, 2016

I've yet to have a bad meal in Ashland. The menu is nothing fancy, but the food was very good and the service was timely. It's probably "average" by Ashland standards, but frankly, compared to the meals I've had in the Twin Cities lately, it was very good! We were greeted by a harpist playing beautiful music, which seemed a... More 

Thank MidwestUSA62
Darlington, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 29, 2016

We had good seafood and nice service. Fairly quiet in the restaurant, which is unusual, of course. Fairly usual prices.

Thank Lori N
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 14, 2016

We walked out of this restaurant once we'd been seated for less than three minutes, because of the overwhelming smell of mold. Both my husband and I were shocked by how strong it was, and he left with an immediate headache. It's too bad, because the menu looked good, and there was live harp music that night.

Thank Ann S
Marco Island, Florida
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75 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 13, 2016

My first review of this spot was pretty positive. This is not. It is purely about one product.....their crab cakes, which many in the far reaches of Northern Wi consider fabulous, including the owner of the establishment who basically ignored us after I asked if they were actually made in house. Well, to put it bluntly, for anybody who has... More 

Thank Bradford W
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 4, 2016 via mobile

I would not go back based off of the server. She was crabby,short and just plain not nice. At all!!! Now the food was great. My burger was cooked perfect. My wife's pasta dish was awesome. It's a shame that great food get put out buy such a person. Bartender was nice. We wish she would have been or server.

Thank bradsheri
Waunakee, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 31, 2016

Driving through Ashland on our way to Bayfield's Big Top Chautauqua and stopped here for lunch based on Yelp reviews! The restaurant did not disappoint. I had the white fish sandwich and my husband had the pulled pork sandwich. Both were delicious. The smoked pork was a very generous serving. Paul, our waiter, explained the multi day process of smoking... More 

Thank CST747
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 23, 2016

This place was very nice and just a couple of blocks off Hwy 2. We have stopped here several times over the past few months since moving to the area. We’ve never been disappointed. They offer a local beer (Doane Bros Beer), which was excellent. The young gentleman, who is the server, is polite and friendly. I had crab cakes,... More 

Thank aerete
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 14, 2016 via mobile

My husband and were up north in Wisconsin for a camping excursion. We had to run into town to grab a couple of items and decided to stop at the restaurant as we were driving by. The food was amazing and the staff made us feel comfortable even thou we were dressed for camping in the woods. Great establishment and... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
American, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Special occasions, Romantic
Open Hours
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 201 Main St E, Ashland, WI 54806-1725
  • Location: United States  >  Wisconsin (WI)  >  Ashland
  • Phone Number: +1 715-682-6444

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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?